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Aus won't win WC 2011: Richards

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Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 14:45 [IST]
 
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Aus won't win WC 2011: Richards

West Indies maestro batsman Sir Vivian Richards has said that looking at Australia's current form, the team from Down Under is no longer unbeatable and does not look a good bet for the upcoming ICC World Cup.

Richards was in New Delhi to attend a function where the ICC and its World Cup broadcasting partner unveiled their plans and new initiatives for the World Cup to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"Looking at the way they are playing, it seems they are not the best team in the world," said the West Indian when asked if Australia's World Cup winning streak is going to end in 2011.

"Looking at the Ashes tour, it seems Australia will not win World Cup according to the current form. Australia are on their way down," he added.

Also gracing the occasion were three World Cup-winning captains from the subcontinent - Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Arjuna Ranatunga.

Imran, too, was skeptical about Australia's current form. "They don't have the bowling lineup to take 20 wickets in a Test match. They need a match-winning spinner."

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and the World Cup Tournament Director Professor Ratnakar Shetty were also present at the function, along with Manu Sawhney, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports.

Among the major new initiatives announced for the 2011 edition of the quadrennial event were live match streaming on 3G mobile with high definition telecast, Decision Review System (DRS) and 37 matches to be simulcast with Hindi commentary.

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